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Sports coronavirus: the United States favorable to the lifting of patents on anti-COVID vaccines

05:50  06 may  2021
05:50  06 may  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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on anti-Covid vaccines, an exceptional position at a time when poor countries are cruelly lacking valuable doses, only weapons against The pandemic pursuing havoc, especially in India. But the International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry (IFPMA) tried "disappointing" this announcement. "This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the CVIV-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures," said the US representative at Katherine Tai trade, highlighting the urgency of the situation. "The administration firmly believes in the protections of intellectual property, but to put an end to this pandemic, it supports the lifting of the patents on Anti-Covid vaccines, justified the person responsible, stating that Washington participated" actively "in the negotiations. at the World Trade Organization to allow the lifting of these patents.

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The labs disappointed

for the hour, the patents are mainly held by American laboratories who are generally opposed to their lifting as it would deprive them, according to them, a financial manne for costly innovations. Solicited by AFP, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna did not respond directly to the US ad.

"We are totally in line with the objective that Anti-Covid vaccines are quickly and equitably shared in the world. But as we continue to say, a suspension is the simple but false answer to a complex problem, "she has IFPMA.

Stephen UBL, the President of the American Federation (PhRMA), pointed out that this decision could "further weaken supply chains already tense and promote the proliferation of counterfeit vaccines". According to him, it is necessary to tackle the problem of "limited" distribution and availability of raw materials.

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France against the lifting of patents

The announcement of Washington intervenes while the fracture is widening between the deaths of the sentence and the rich countries, where vaccination campaigns - soon expanded in the United States for adolescents and in Canada Children from 12 years old - allow a gradual lifting of sanitary restrictions.

exhorted by WHO to solidarity in this field, G7 members (United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy) discussed Wednesday in London ways to increase their financial assistance or to share their excess doses to help poor states.

The temporary lifting of vaccine patents is particularly claimed by India and South Africa to accelerate production but some countries that France are opposed to it. Paris pleads rather for donations in favor of poor countries. In this context, Katherine Tai acknowledges that WTO's topic "will take time given the consensual nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues at stake".

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